Toyota gives 48 trial vehicles to support fire and rescue crews

Teams of UK fire fighters, compete to rescue and extracte patients from 48 cars donated by Toyota. Picture:

Toyota has given 48 trial vehicles built at Burnaston to Derbyshire’s Fire & Rescue Service to support a rescue challenge.

The vehicles were vital when DFRS hosted the 2019 United Kingdom Rescue Organisation  Challenge, offering emergency services personnel the opportunity to share techniques across a range of rescue disciplines, including vehicle extrication, greatly assisting improvements of rescue standards and technical skills.

Marvin Cooke, MD at Toyota Manufacturing UK commented “All at TMUK are proud of the on-going partnership with DFRS. We will continue to support road traffic collision training with the provision of trial vehicles in the future, helping to reduce extrication times – a win-win all round.”

Derbyshire’s Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Gavin Tomlinson said: “For many years, TMUK has been a longstanding partner of DFRS, generously donating hundreds of cars which have been used across the Service for training and development.

“Last year the Service attended over 540 road traffic collisions, therefore, it is essential that our crews have the necessary skills, training and knowledge to deal with whatever situation they come across. Training, using donated Toyotas, allows Firefighters to be in touch with the latest vehicle technology and safety systems. This ensures they are able to deal with incidents as efficiently and effectively as possible, providing better outcomes for road users involved in a collision”.